Balance Work And Breastfeeding With Ease

Balancing your career while trying to keep up with your baby's breastfeeding needs can cause plenty of panic for new moms. Gina Cicatelli Ciagne, CLC, Lansinoh's senior director professional relations, offers these five tips to help ease working moms' breastfeeding anxiety.

Mom breastfeeding her baby

Invest in an electric breast pump

Gina says that an effective pump is essential to maintaining your supply while away from baby at work and so you can leave milk for your baby when you are apart. She adds, "While there are many types of pumps, if you will be away for several feedings, it is beneficial to use a double electric pump so you can pump both breasts and maintain your supply."

Stock up

To ensure the best breastfeeding and pumping success, Gina suggests waiting a few weeks before pumping to help you and baby establish your breastfeeding patterns and supply. After that, start pumping and storing milk. Gina says, "Ideally, you would want to start freezing breastmilk about a month before returning to work so you have a stash."

Pump at work

Pumping at work can cause many new moms anxiety. But Gina says, "Since breastfeeding works on supply and demand, it is important for you to pump and store you milk while at work if you cannot go to breastfeed baby during the day. It is best to pump whenever you would be breastfeeding. So if your baby nurses every two hours, you would pump at the same times. It’s important not to skip pumping even if you only have a few minutes. Frequency, not length of pumping, is what stimulates milk production."

Talk to your superior about a private place where you can pump without fear of interruption.

Store expressed milk properly

Gina says that storing your breastmilk properly is essential. She suggests storing your breastmilk "in a sanitary and safe place and in bags or containers that are made for breastmilk."

She adds, "Breastmilk can actually be kept at room temperature for up to eight hours, refrigerated for five to seven days, frozen in a standard freezer for three months, or in a deep freezer for six months."

If you store your pumped milk in a shared refrigerator at work, be sure to label it properly so it does not get mistaken for regular milk. If you wish, tuck it into a separate bag for privacy's sake.

Breastfeed when together

Take advantage of the time when you are not working to breastfeed baby versus giving him a bottle of stored milk. Gina advises, "When you are not working, mom should breastfeed exclusively in order to maintain and build up milk supply and to have that special bonding time."

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